Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
District: St Emilion Grand Cru Classe
Grapes Varieties: 7% Cabernet Franc,90% Merlot,3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classe B - St Emilion Production: 2900 Cases
Alcohol: 15.5% abv Packing: Original Wooden Case of 6 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
JS=98 Vivid and focused with brightness and clarity of fruit. Dried flowers, too. Full-bodied with layers of fine, soft tannins that spread across the palate and show class and refinement. It goes on for minutes. A beautiful bottle. Try after 2027, but so attractive already.
AG=97+ The 2019 Valandraud is sensational. Stunning in its delineation and with sheer energy, the 2019 dazzles right out of the gate. Dark red/purplish berry fruit, mocha, new leather, liquorice and lavender all come alive in the glass. In 2019, Valandraud is a towering, statuesque wine that captures all the best the vintage had to offer. I tasted the 2019 three times and it was magnificent on all three occasions. It is a tremendous effort from Jean-Luc Thunevin and his Murielle Andraud. What a wine!
WA=95-97 Deep purple-black coloured, the 2019 Valandraud sings of freshly crushed black plums, warm blackberries and black cherry coulis with nuances of lavender, cinnamon stick, clove oil and aniseed with a fragrant waft of candied violets. Full-bodied, the palate is both densely laden with concentrated black fruits and wonderfully refreshing, with a firm backbone of velvety tannins, finishing with lingering exotic spice sparks.
WS=95 Richly textured, featuring cashmere-like waves of dark plum, cassis and blackberry compote flavours that glide through and are laced with light violet, anise and black tea notes. The rumble of tannins can be heard on the finish, but for the vintage, this is extremely suave in the end. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2025 through 2040.